Megan Lucey Rounsaville graduated in 1999 from Visitation, but she has remained close to her home on 35th Street. Right after her college graduation from Loyola University with a bachelor’s in elementary education, she started serving on our Alumnae Association Board, coaching our varsity softball team, and teaching first grade at Our Lady of Victory, just blocks away. While there, she was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2006. When she began working in McLean, VA – at the Langley School as a first grade teacher and then reading specialist, Megan proved a few extra miles would not be a barrier to her involvement at Visitation.
Megan became chair of the Alumnae Board in 2015, and completed her three-year term just last year. Under her leadership, and with the collaboration of our Alumnae team, we expanded our program offerings, planning a book club that launched this past fall, a summer “lifelong learning” series to engage our local alumnae, and expanding our reach beyond DC by livestreaming events. This year, she has continued to serve on committees and maintained her dedication to our school.
All this she has done while serving as a teacher, a reading specialist, a volunteer for multiple non-profits in the area, a wife to her husband Quinn, whom she married in 2010, and a mother to two little ones – Lucey, 7, and Johnny, 4.
You recently were Alumnae Board Chair, and you've continued serving on the Alumnae Board and other committees, as well. What compels you to continue to stay involved at Visitation?
I love serving on the Alumnae Board and having the opportunity to connect with fellow alumnae from a wide range of graduation years (including some of my former first-grade students!). As an educator, I appreciate the opportunity to learn about the curriculum and instruction updates and hear about the fantastic work the students are doing. I also value the important work the development team does to ensure the education that I was afforded is accessible to girls for generations to come.
As an alumna, what's one of your favorite things that Visitation offers today?
I love having the opportunity to return to campus many times throughout the year. I especially love attending Gold-White and Teddy Bear Tea with my kids. My absolute favorite time to be on campus is on the Friday of Reunion Weekend. I love helping with sign-in and witnessing alumnae reunite and reminisce with shouts and smiles and embraces!
What is your favorite Little Virtue, and what about our Salesian charism speaks to you?
My favorite Little Virtue, one that I try to live every day, is cheerful optimism. My parents are beautiful and sincere examples of this virtue. They've taught me by example to always find the good in every situation and especially every individual.
What is one of your favorite Visitation memories?
It's so hard to pick just one! I'll never forget my first experience as a Gold Team cheerleader- learning all of the traditional cheers, choreographing and memorizing the surprise cheer in one night, caravaning to campus in convertibles, jumping through the windows and performing in the old gym, and being surrounded by joy and laughter.
What activities were you involved in during your time at Visi, and are you GTV or WTV?
- Gold Team!
- SGA: Class Rep (junior year), SGA Vice President (senior year)
- AA: Gold Team Pep n Spirit (sophomore year)
- Freshman Basketball
- Varsity Softball (freshman-senior year) including spring break trips to Myrtle Beach
- St. Francis Inn trip in Philadelphia
- Peer Ministry
Anything else you'd like to add?
As an eighth grader, I actually didn’t want to go to Visitation. My parents had been longtime parishioners at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and they had a deep respect and admiration for the sisters. They knew that Visitation was a special place and they wanted me to consider it for high school. I begged and pleaded to attend my neighborhood high school but my parents convinced me to at least spend a shadow day at Visitation.
I’m so glad they did because when I spent that full day on campus, I got a very distinct feeling that this was somewhere that I needed to be. It was the first time I was in a classroom and it was OK to make mistakes and it was OK to be considered smart and it was OK to be passionate about your beliefs. In other words, it was OK to be yourself. My mom tells the story that when she picked me up from that visit, I got in the car; closed the door; and said; “I have to go to school here!” And thank goodness I did because I met so many amazing teachers and administrators, but mostly lifelong friends.